- High School
- Pingry, N.J.
- Current Team
- Leading Edge
Stevens put together THE performance of the NLF at IMG All-Star Game, denying 10 shots sent his way and only ceding one goal. He’s carried that, plus an outstanding fall in his first action for Leading Edge, over into his play for Pingry as a sophomore starter.
Stevens has put together a nice campaign, stopping 69 percent of shots and only allowing double-digit goals once. He has excellent size for the position, takes away low shots with ease and is calm in the cage. Leading Edge produced two of last year’s three All-American team goalies, and Stevens looks like the next great one out of New Jersey’s top program.
If Fisher hadn’t been so good and Team 7 had come away with a title, Graham Stevens would have been the runaway pick for MVP. The Pingry (N.J.) goalie in his first year with NLF founding member Leading Edge was brilliant in goal throughout the tournament. He highlights his performance with a 10-save, one-goal against half in the All-Star Game where he left shooters wondering if it was impossible to score on him.
“It was awesome. My team was really good and I thought the goalies overall were great. It was great competition,” Stevens said. “I’m a big kid. I try to get low and I think I’m better low than I am high, which is interesting.”
Stevens has seen his game take monumental leaps already since coming over to Leading Edge. Part of that is the competition that he sees both when he’s wearing New Jersey’s finest’s red uniforms, as well as the caliber of shooters that he saw in his first trip to IMG.
“It’s been awesome. Coach (Chris) Roy and the entire Leading Edge staff have been awesome. Competition-wise, it’s just ridiculous. You see the schedule and it’s, like, Eclipse, SweetLax, every week. It’s crazy. I’d say it’s 100 percent helped me.”
If there was an MVP award for the game, it would have pretty easily gone to the Leading Edge stopper. Stevens was out of this world in the first half, denying 10 of the 11 shots on cage with a mix of flashiness, poise and positioning. He doesn’t really look like he’s ever trying all that hard because he’s just always in the right spot. Stevens made a handful of saves in tight, perhaps none better than a stuffing on the crease on a high-to-high shot from Michael Quinn (St. Sebastian’s, Mass. / Laxachusetts). He’s a taller goalie that has the flexibility and footwork to get down and take away low shots well.
2022 NLF at IMG All-Star
2021 Maverik Showtime All-Star